Weed Hero, Weed Strain Jack Herer
There was no one quite like Jack Herer. A prominent and quirky figure in marijuana history, Herer is known for the head way made throughout his life of campaigning for hemp activism and legalization. From the weed strain Jack Herer to his authoritative marijuana texts, June kicks off of this year’s Jack Herer Cup starting in Amsterdam and later in Las Vegas.
Born in 1939 in New York, Jack Herer began devoting his life to cannabis in his 30’s. Formerly a pro-war Goldwater Republican that worked as a military policeman during the Korean war, a cannabis epiphany changed his strong distaste for drug use after divorcing his first wife.
He ended his marriage because of his wife’s indulgence in cannabis, but later tried marijuana himself after a female suitor convinced him to do so. This instance sparked Herer’s commitment to marijuana advocacy and research.
Herer authored two books on what he learned about the plant. His first was the now out of print comic book titled G.R.A.S.S. (Great Revolutionary American Standard System: The Official Guide for Assessing the Quality of Marijuana on the 1 to 10 Scale). His highly regarded second book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, is still used today as a manifesto to cannabis. Based off years of Herer’s extensive research into cannabis as a fossil fuel, industrial textile and medicine, the book continues to be cited in marijuana legalization efforts.
In addition to his books, Herer is also known for his attempts at running for President of the United States. He was a candidate under the Grassroots Party twice, in 1988 and again in 1992.
The Weed Strain Jack Herer
Jack Herer is one of the most highly touted marijuana strains to ever hit the market. The sativa-dominant hybrid strain is known for the clear-headed high and energetic focus it provides. Jack Herer is characterized by its spicy pine taste that has a surprising cooling effect due to its various terpenes. This effect makes it common among patients with asthma and other lung related ailments since it protects the throat from harsh coughing.
Jack Herer is also often used by consumers battling depression, anxiety, stress and other illnesses that require mood elevation. Smoking Jack Herer oil in cartridge or shatter form produces a quicker release of its relieving qualities.
His Historical Shops
As the pioneering proprietor of glass and other smoking related accessories, Jack Herer opened his first head shop in 1973 on the Venice Beach boardwalk in California. A second glass shop named High Country in Van Nuys later followed.
In 1983, Herer fell victim to a newly enacted California law. The sale of paraphernalia that could be used with illegal drugs had become a misdemeanor. Over 6,000 devices from Herer’s shops were confiscated during two separate raids. He was then forced to pay a $1,500 fine and serve probation for two years.
Four years later Herer sought the greener pastures of Oregon, where he started his smoke shop Third Eye in Portland. The store remained in the Herer family as his son Mark took over after his passing in 2010. Third Eye has been a Portland institution for the last 30 years up until its closing in April 2017.
Jack Herer’s dedication to marijuana strains, economic uses for cannabis and spreading general knowledge has granted him the nicknames “the Hemperor” and “the Emperor of Hemp.” He died of complications after having a heart attack, but continues to live on through his weed strain Jack Herer, his famous cannabis cup, books and as one of the heroes of cannabis culture.